NCHR: Manzoor selected on minorities seat

Zubair Qureshi

Senior member of the Nazriya Pakistan Council’s executive committee and a known exponent of the rights of minorities, Manzoor Masih has been named as member of the National Commission for Human Rights.

Chairman of the NPC Mian Muhammad Javed, Executive Secretary Gauhar Zahid Malik and members of the NPC executive committee have extended their heartfelt felicitations over Manzoor Masih’s elevation to the National Commission for Human Rights and termed his selection as a well-considered decision by the President.

Mr Manzoor Maish will bring unity and harmony among the minorities of the country and will act as bridge between them and the government to devise policies that are minorities-friendly, they said.

President Dr Arif Alvi had on Thursday approved his name to the 7-member HR body (one Chairperson and six members) on the minority seat. HR advocate, RabiyaJaveri Agha has been named as Chairperson of the NCHR while the other five members are: Nadeem Ashraf (Punjab), Tariq Javed (KP), AneesHaroon (Sindh), Prof Farkhanda Aurangzeb (Balochistan) and Zafarullah Khan (ICT).

Talking to Pakistan Observer, ManzoorMasih thanked President DrArifAlvi and Chairperson Women’s Parliamentary Caucus Munaza Hassan and the members for reposing trust in him to represent minorities’ cause at the august forum.

During the 4-year tenure as member of the NCHR, I look forward to working under the NCHR Act 2012 which will be the exclusive jurisdiction of this commission, said Masih. ManzoorMasih has a long career of working in the government sector.

He retired as Assistant Director from WafaqiMohtasib. He is also president of the United Christian Fellowship (Islamabad & Rawalpindi Chapter) and has been working to promote harmony and unity among churches and Christian community of the country.

“I am well aware of the responsibility attached to this position and will try my best to promote and protect human and minority rights in the country,” said ManzoorMasih.

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